Hi, I am Elaine Swann with Everyday Style. Today, we are talking about cell phone and gadget etiquette. Now with the gadgets, we have got various PDAs and handheld devices. Now you do not want to engage in email or text messaging during conversations or meetings. It's just playing rude and it makes a person feel like you are not a part of the conversation.
Now, if you do decide that you have to take down some form of information or even text message or send message or take a note using that PDA, let the person know that's right there with you. Simply just say, well, I am going to take this information down while we talk, is that okay? That way, they know that they have still got you tied into the conversation.
What do you do with those mp3 players? We are all using them. Well, my advice is that be sure that, if you are conversing with someone, take both ear buds out. When you leave both of them in or even one in, it makes the other person feel as though they do not have your full attention. Keep the volume down to a low level, something that you can listen to. Remember, you've downloaded these songs for your personal enjoyment. So people don't want to have to hear the concert that's coming through your ears.
Right now, we are going to focus on the laptop. Many of us bring our laptops to meetings. My suggestion is that you try not to create a barrier between yourself and the others that are there. When you put that laptop up and hide behind it, individuals they do not know whether you are surfing the net or maybe playing a game, or just downloading or not paying attention at all. Sometimes, you might want to just opt for good old note taking, during a meeting. Keep that laptop use to even level.
That's it for our tips on both cell phone and gadget etiquette for today. Technology is advancing, but we have to make sure that our manners are advanced as well. And approach everything you do with grace and style.